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Always willing to listen

Federal govt never fails to consider Sarawak’s requests for devt – Najib

BINTULU: The federal government never ignores Sarawak’s request for development because Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has always maintained an excellent relationship with Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Speaking at the 49th Malaysia Day celebration at the old airport here last night Najib said, “Because of our very close relationship, we have been able to discuss any request from Sarawak and we will continue to do so.”

He added that the federal government would build more roads and improve water and electricity supply in the state soon.

“Sarawak will soon have at least 21,000 km of roads, 80 per cent water and 83 per cent of electricity supply,” he promised.

The prime minister also revealed that since Sarawak had requested that the power from Bakun HEP be used for SCORE development, the federal government had decided to divert the energy generated from the dam to the state.

“The states in Peninsula, Sarawak and Sabah will be able to continue to develop because we belong to one big family. This is this truly 1Malysia,” he said.

Najib assured that the federal government would continue to bring development to every corner of the nation.

He said the BN government dared to use the theme ‘Janji Ditepati’ or ‘Promises Fulfilled’ because it had been able to fulfil all the pledges it made over the years.

“On the other hand the  opposition had made the greatest blunder in the nation’s history when they said that they would take over the government on Sept 16, 2008.

“The government will never lie as we have to make our pledge to our God each time we pray,” stressed Najib, adding that the government was on right track to elevate the country to a developed status by 2020.

In his speech, Taib stressed the fact it was the people of Sarawak who chose to join the federation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963 even though the state could have gone on its own after gaining      independence from the British on July 22, 1963.

“However, the people and the leaders at that time chose to join a much bigger entity by joining the federation of Malaysia,” he said.

Taib said at that time, it was very difficult for Sarawak to go on its own as it was poor and backward.

He also revealed that the first Prime Minster the late Tunku Abdul Rahman had wanted Sarawak to join the federation of Malaya as early as 1959 as he wanted Sarawakians to be as independent as the people of Malaya.

“When he (the Tunku) came to Kuching in 1959, he only noticed the Orang Putih welcoming him and the local people we just looking as bystanders. Realising the situation he told me that he wanted Sarawak to join the federation,” added Taib.

Earlier, the organising chairman Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim said that Bintulu was chosen as the main venue as it was a model of the vast transformation that had taken both in the state and in the nation.

Bintulu has developed from a mere fishing town with a population of 5,000 to some 100,000 today with ultra modern oil and gas facilitates and as the main hub of the SCORE project.

Three persons who were awarded the Tokoh Hari Malaysia award were Tan Sri Hamdan Sirat from Sarawak, Tan Sri Harris Salleh from Sabah and Ismail Embong from the Peninsula. Special awards were also presented to para-Olympians Hasihin Sanawi (Silver) and Muhd Ziyad Zolkefli (Bronze) from the just concluded London Para-Olympics 2012. -BP





Najib wants debate over Merdeka Day, Malaysia Day to cease

BINTULU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today called for a stop to debate over Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day, saying both the dates were meaningful and important in the country’s history.

“Aug 31 (1957) and Sept 16 (1963) are sacred dates,” he said at the Malaysia Day open house in Kampung Assyakirin, here.

Najib said it was more important to look ahead and not back in the interests of the people and country, with the federal government’s assurance of continued development for Sarawak in line with the state government’s vision to become a high-income state.

The prime minister said that from the time Sarawak gained independence within Malaysia, the federal and state governments had together brought about continuous change without the need for a new declaration.

“Many possibilities became realities for Sarawak,” he said, adding that it was important to maintain the good understanding between the federal and state governments.

Earlier, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud called for continuity in the national leadership established since independence to ensure that Sarawak became a high-income state. He said Najib’s father, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, with the cooperation of the state government led by Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub in the 1970′s, had laid the foundation for Bintulu to become a progressive town through the development of petroleum and gas resources.

“Now, we want to step up our development, not depending only on natural resources but through the development of high-technology industries,” he said.

Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim was also present at the event, which was attended by more than 10,000 people.– BERNAMA




Rohani urges state, federal leaders to work together

BINTULU: The state and federal governments have a common task in that both are working together to make Malaysia a progressive nation.

As such, leaders at both levels must be able to see eye to eye, said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Deputy Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim.

“The state and federal level leadership must be able to work together in partnership and to think as a nation,” she said when commenting on the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963.

Rohani, who is also Batang Lupar MP, pointed out that development came from both the state and federal governments.

“So at the state level, the government must have good plans which the federal government will complement,” she said when asked to comment on issues brought up by certain quarters on unfair wealth distribution between the states in Peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak.

She said all development projects took time and to unite the 14 states in Malaysia was not easy, especially with its diverse ethnic groups, religions and background.

“We should be proud of our achievement because we are somewhere compared to the old days in terms of development, with poverty reduced significantly,” she said.

She also said the people should be thankful to their forefathers because with the merger the state had been able to experience rapid development.

Commenting on the various sensitive issues brought up in the new media such as Facebook, Twitter and even conventional media on the lack of development in a particular state without considering the sensitivity of the people, she said such action was irresponsible

“It is not healthy to express sensitive issues especially concerning a particular state especially when it is inaccurate. We should express it from the national stand, one big picture and to say some states still don’t achieve development is not right,” she added.

On her ministry, she said it had been tasked to give more priority to Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan.

“Meaning to say, at the ministry  level there are programmes outlined but there are many factors contributing to the delay of development such as land issue, certain planning, logistics and others,” she stressed.